The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD), Ashoka University, invite you to a virtual discussion on: 'Republic of Hindutva: How the Sangh is Reshaping Indian Democracy' by Badri Narayan
- Saba Naqvi, Author and Journalist
- Varghese K George, Associate Editor, The Hindu
- Amit Ahuja, Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Badri Narayan, Author and Professor, Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad
- Rahul Verma, Fellow, CPR
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About the Discussion
For many years, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has been working towards social reconstruction in India, which is then used by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for political benefit. Contrary to popular understanding, this book draws on extensive field research in Uttar Pradesh to show how through well-planned strategies of appropriation and social work, Hindutva forces are radically reshaping Indian democracy. The author argues that the RSS has transformed to become more technologically savvy and socially inclusive, making the message of Hindu nationalism appealing to a large section of Indians. It has been actively mobilising Dalits, tribals, and other marginalised communities to assimilate them into the Hindutva meta-narrative. Instead of erasing caste from electoral politics, the RSS plays up the identity of disadvantaged groups, which translates into votes for the BJP.
The panel discussion with academics and journalists will reflect on the Republic of Hindutva in the backdrop of ongoing elections in which religious polarisation seems to have taken the centre stage.
About the Series
The CPR-TCPD Dialogues on Indian Politics brings together academicians, policy and political practitioners, and civil society actors to grapple with important social and political issues in India. It provides a forum for intellectually rigorous, non-partisan commentary to strengthen public discourse on politics in India. This dialogue series is an effort to understand the changing dynamics of Indian political parties, the impact of new and emerging social movements and the use of new instruments of mobilisation in our polity.
The CPR-TCPD Dialogues is curated by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD) at Ashoka University. Founded in 1973, CPR is one of India’s leading think tanks, providing rigorous policy research on a variety of issues. Founded in 2015, TCPD is among India’s most well-respected institutions working with political data, providing data-driven research, policy work and journalism on India’s political life by producing and disseminating in open access scientifically collected and treated political data. The CPR-TCPD Dialogues leverages the unique strengths of these two institutions to provide rigorous and innovative commentary on India’s social and political challenges.
The event is held in partnership with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), a German-based foundation working in South Asia and other parts of the world on the subjects of critical social analysis and civic education. It promotes a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic social order, and aims at present members of society and decision-makers with alternative approaches to such an order. Research organisations, groups working for self-emancipation, and social activists are supported in their initiatives to develop models that have the potential to deliver social and economic justice. The work of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, South Asia can be accessed at www.rosalux.in